Lefty Investment writer wants you to know, he could be rich, he just doesn’t want to.
Society has completed a complete flip-flop from the 1950′s and 1960′s. The socialist left is now the Establishment, the libertarian-conservative right are the counter-culture.
Gone is the old-time deference to the establishment, the demand to respect your elders and the local police, the maudlin regret for the loss of old-world virtues. Now we are watching the emergence of a genuine counterculture radicalism among the right, an ethos that reflects the alienation of the New Left.
What’s changed and made this possible? Obama is an obvious first-level answer. As the hero of what remains of the organized left in this country, Obama embodies the worst of the establishment, a defender of the state in all its manifestations, including its military branch, its surveillance power, and its non-stop attack on free enterprise.
This has led to a reassessment of the old models among what remains among the conservative leadership. There is no desire to conserve the top-down model of political organization. In a country where the regime surveils, jails with impunity, wrecks foreign countries, grabs guns, uses the tax state for feeding oppressive bureaucracies, and so on, what could possibly be the point of conserving anything of the old governing establishment?
Read the whole ding-dang thing: Jeffrey Tucker – Is the Right the New Left?
So, I am firmly part of the anti-Establishment counterculture now, and all the lefties are the squares. Groovy, Daddy-O. And this time, no one will be telling us to “get a job,” though; all of us are working or want to be. It’s the Democrat base — the shock troops of the FSA — that live off welfare and trust funds.
As expressed by a friend on Facebook.
It’s not about Hobby Lobby or even religious freedom. It is far far greater in scope: The most shocking by far is how we have fallen as a society. A steady diet of promises made by scheming politicians to grab power and control, and entrenched through public education and media, has changed the entire fabric of our nation. We now fully expect that we can by force, make other people pay for our needs or desires. Almost nobody bats an eye at the notion of legal plunder. That is, using the force of law to take what belongs to one and giving it to whom it does not belong.
Or, as I have said, the Value Proposition of the modern Democrat Party, “We’ll take money away from people you don’t like and buy you stuff with it.”
And, of course, one of his lefty friends promptly commented that since he opposed the Government forcing businesses to provide contraception he must support child labor, too. Because that’s the typical quality of leftist argument these days.
Update: This effete liberal outside the Supreme Court sort of makes the point: “You only have rights to things liberals think you should have.”
Ralph Nader has a new book out in which he proposes an interesting thesis: Since both the left and the right are appalled by the corruption, abuse of power, and freedom-crushing excesses of the crony corporatist oligarchic state, why not join forces to press for much needed political and economic reforms?
In Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, Nader lays out an agenda to bring together conservatives, libertarians, and liberals in the battle against corporate welfare, rampant surveillance, and the military-industrial complex.
It’s an intriguing notion, but it will never work. The key place where Nader gets it wrong is that he still sees the left through the idealistic lens of the 1960′s, and not in its modern incarnation which is very much statist and very much fascist. The typical leftist today doesn’t want to expand the horizons of individual liberty but to confine them; whether it’s getting people fired from their jobs for holding a politically incorrect opinion on gay marriage, telling football teams what to name themselves, or dictating the size of sodas the proletariat may enjoy. The left is the Establishment, and the left is wallowing in their political and cultural power.
They are not going to risk losing it over anything as mundane as freedom, liberty, and an accountable political class.
And then there is the other problem, an electorate so stupid and disengaged they re-elected a walking disaster as president because they thought his opponent was going to outlaw tampons.
Lefty journo goes to a convention of preppers and engages in the practice of modern journalism; depicting people with non-progressive views as freaks, idiots, and… of course… racists, so that other lefty progressives can feel better about themselves.
I’d learned that preppers are, without exception, a bunch of fat racists playing with guns in the woods and throwing money down the drain to buy underground shelters and dehydrated foods to survive an event that’s never going to happen. Also, probably, they have at some point posted in the same internet forums as someone who went on to be a spree killer.
Confronted with the reality that prepping isn’t necessarily about Doomsday, but also about being ready for events like Hurricane Katrina or a large scale power blackout; lefty journo grudgingly concedes the point. Then decides that life after a major apocalypse wouldn’t be worthy living, because it would be too hard and boring.
Why would you want to survive the apocalypse?
Even though there was everything you could possibly need to make it after the world ends, there was not one single form of post-apocalyptic entertainment on sale. No card games, no books, no portable DVD players. Nothing.
Yeah, it would suck if your only sources of entertainment in the post-Apocalypse relied on interactions with other people. And, you know, obviously books and card games are impossible to acquire anywhere other than a prepping convention.
I do know of a gay couple, hereabouts, who converted their basement sex dungeon into a bunker for prepping supplies. They are also in the process of selling their home and moving to Montana. Don’t ask me how I know these things, I just do.
So, once again, the progressive left is pushing the idea of Reparations; the idea that people who never owned slaves should give large sums of money to people who never were slaves in order to compensate, allegedly, for injustices suffered by the ancestors of non-slaves that were committed by the ancestors of non-slaveowners. (And a great way for Democrats to tell low-information voters that there is a huge pile of money owed to them that greedy Republicans don’t want them to have.)
But if the point of this exercise is “justice,” shouldn’t the weight of justice fall more heavily on those with the closest ties and relationships to the perpetrators of injustice? Because there is clearly one group of people who are far more responsible for injustices committed against African-Americans than other groups of people.
Which of two political parties in the USA was founded for the explicit purpose of abolishing slavery; the Republican Party. Which party supported slavery and opposed the abolition thereof; the Democrat Party.
Which party was it that instituted the Jim Crow laws, and maintained the institution of Segregation well into the 20th Century; the Democrats. What was the party that forcibly integrated previously segregated schools in the South; the Republican Party.
A majority of which party supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act; the Republican Party. A majority of which party opposed it; the Democrat Party.
Clearly, Democrats are responsible for the vast majority of injustices committed against African-Americans. Pay up.
The American system of higher education has become fundamentally anti-intellectual. Universities offer ridiculous courses on Lada Gaga and Tupac Shakur, entire majors are devoted to useless nonsense like Gender Studies, faculty demands that persons be jailed for holding unpopular opinions, student mobs keep politically incorrect speakers off-campus. Too add to the anti-intellectual atmosphere of the contemporary American campus, there is now a demand that teaching materials contain warning labels advising of politically offensive content.
“Trigger warnings” are the latest crusade on campus, reports the NYT. Students at prominent colleges and universities have been campaigning to force professors to warn students of potentially disturbing or offensive content in the course materials they assign. That could include everything from a violent movie to the anti-Semitic Merchant of Venice. The NYT:
The warnings, which have their ideological roots in feminist thought, have gained the most traction at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the student government formally called for them. But there have been similar requests from students at Oberlin College, Rutgers University,the University of Michigan, George Washington University and other schools.
Because college is the last place a person should have to be confronted with opinions or ideas that challenge them.
I don’t really know how to express how puerile and silly the whole thing with the First Lady and that hashtag thing was, so I’ve put it down in a few thousand words instead (and included a thousand empty ones for you to play along and do your own as well).
(By the way, a whole bunch more here. I haven’t read through all of them, so if I accidentally ripped someone off with one of mine, it was totally unintentional.)
Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from The Ranch)
“Radical Wind” — The Feminist with the Fart Joke Name — is back. The voices are telling her that Global Warming will lead to total human extinction in 15 years, and that’s all the fault of men, and all men should commit suicide so that the feminist sisterhood can enjoy their final years in peace.
The major cause of this extinction will be that the global warming and melting of the ice has triggered a series of feedback loops of toxic gas emissions such as methane and carbon dioxide which were trapped in the soils and underwaters of the earth by the ice and frost. These feedback loops have already started, are now unstoppable and life on earth is already on its way to extinction. No technology can stop this — especially since male technology is part of the problem and their use and fabrication will only emit more greenhouse gases. Even if men’s system collapsed now, if all men died and we returned back to stone age, it is unstoppable. Unprecedented levels of methane and carbone dioxide have already been released into the atmosphere because of the warming and the more gas is emitted, the more the planet heats because of the greenhouse effects of the gas, and the more gas is emitted again. Once the air is too intoxicated plants will start dying too and if all or most plants die together, all the carbon dioxyde they sequestered will be released too, which only further intoxicates the air. There will simply be no more oxygen to breathe . . .
WHich is a slightly milder version of the Doom Obama’s “Global Warming Scare Change the Topic from Benghazi Report” that came out this week.
Men, homo rapiens, you scum, you filth. There is no word to describe the extent of your evil, you are pure evil, pure lechery. I hate you, how I hate you. In the 250,000 years of your rotten, defunct existence, you have managed to kill 5 million years of life on earth. . . .
The unstoppable death-machine has always only been orchestrated by the homo rapiens. By men. YOU. Women are not and have never been responsible for the atrocities committed by men, for men’s global industrial rape and death system.
If Todd Akin represents the opinions of all Republicans, Christians, and evangelicals, then it is equally fair to say that “Radical Wind” represents the views of all Feminists everywhere. Then again, if there are guilt-ridden liberal men who want to take her up on her offer, who am I to tell them not to make amends.
A library patron asked the [Toronto] library’s materials review committee to pull “Hop on Pop,” a children’s classic written in 1963, because of the book’s violent themes.
The patron recommended the book be removed, and requested the Toronto Public Library not only apologize to Greater Toronto Area fathers but pay damages resulting from the book’s violent message.
The library committee was also asked to remove a book about the Kennedy assassination because of its controversial thesis that JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.
In my entire life, I have never been moved to complain about a library book. What’s wrong with people?
Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, has a new book coming out, titled, ”Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.”
“Don’t Hurt People, and Don’t Take Their Stuff,” is a pretty neat formulation of the proper role of Government; and is precisely the opposite of the Progressive Socialist philosophy that rules now. It harkens back to P.J. O’Rourke’s quote about the role of Government, “Keep your hands to yourself and mind your own business.”
Star Trek’s Cardassians were a members of a brutal, authoritarian police-state. The Cardassian character Gul Dukat understood implicitly what many of us have struggled to understand; why the Gay Left isn’t content with winning gay marriage, but also demand that those who oppose gay marriage be forced to participate in gay marriage ceremonies.
Gul Dukat: A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness.
Weyoun: Then you kill them?
Gul Dukat: …Only if it’s necessary.
I almost pity organizations like the Boy Scouts for naively thinking they could appease the Gay Left with some compromises; Totalitarians are not interested in compromises. Neither is the Gay Left.
Almost a year ago, I began noting the similarities between the USA under President Barack Hussein (Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho) Obama and the cult movie Idiocracy. Now, somewhere behind me on the curve, others are beginning to notice. Also, Here… “10 Things Idiocracy Predicted That Are Already Happening.” Here’s a sampling:
- Scientists tell us the human race is actually becoming more stupid. It is estimated that average intelligence has dropped 14 points since the Victorian Era; primarily because, in the cradle-to-grave-welfare-state, intelligence is no longer an evolutionary benefit.
- In the movie, “The English language had deteriorated to a hybrid of Hillbilly, Valley Girl, Inner-City slang, and various grunts.” That is certainly happening as text-speak invades conversational speak, crude idiots pepper every sentence with the f-word, the VPOTUS describes passage of terrible legislation as a “BFD”, and yesterday, the president of a Labor Union described the potential presidential candidacy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “It don’t get no better than this.“
- Entertainment consists primarily of Television shows about dumb people humiliating themselves. Tell me there’s an intellectual difference between “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” and “Ow! My Balls.” And in our present day, we have newscasts about …. very stupid people who claim to have seen a leprechaun.
- Pepsi has released a Mountain Dew product spiked with “Electrolytes.” (That’s kind of a major Idiocracy plot point.)
It now makes perfect sense that elections are decided on the basis of one candidate accusing another of wanting to outlaw tampons, why campaigns are devoid of ideas and heavy on accusations of racism, and how our political leadership can make the decision that borrowing and printing limitless amounts of money is good economic policy.
I am just wondering how long evolution is going to put up with this.
The good news is, by next Sunday, the Mozilla controversy will be yesterday’s news. The bad news is, the gay fascists will be behaving even more obnoxiously by then.
But in the meantime, Matt Walsh thinks l’affaire Mozillique has stripped the mask off the gay activists.
It’s no secret anymore. Without question and without exaggeration, the ‘gay rights movement’ is the angriest, most ruthless, most controlling, most intolerant of all the ideological enterprises in the country. Now, everyone knows it.
And the Bookworm Room blog argues “We don’t have a “gay mafia,” we have a “gay Soviet.”
Once, we were a country that used its government to advance the notion that “that every person is entitled to a private life and deserves respect as a human being, irrespective of the extent of his political loyalty or contribution to the state.” Now, we’re a Soviet nation, in which private citizens are told that they must publicly recant their heresies or be destroyed.
I think they’re both right. And the really sad and scary part is most of the gay activist left is happy about what they’ve brought down on us.
The shortest rendering one could make of this in Oldspeak would be: “Those whose ideas were formed before the Revolution cannot have a full emotional understanding of the principles of English Socialism.” But this is not an adequate translation. … Only a person thoroughly grounded in Ingsoc could appreciate the full force of the word bellyfeel, which implied a blind, enthusiastic, and casual acceptance difficult to imagine today.”
—Orwell, 1984 Appendix
Perhaps it was difficult to imagine when Orwell’s novel was published, in 1949. But is not “a blind, enthusiastic and casual acceptance” of whatever the Party says, typical of left-liberals in America today?
In the comments to V’s post, Even Andrew Sullivan Is Disgusted with the Gay Left, commenter Donny D has kindly pointed us to Signorile’s scoop that proves the Left’s sincerity about rainbows and tolerance:
Dear Andrew Sullivan, ‘Left-Liberal Intolerance’ Did Not Bring Down Mozilla’s CEO…
According to Sullivan, the gay mafia has struck again, destroying [Mozilla ex-CEO Brendan Eich] and bringing him down because he would not conform to its thinking…
But…it wasn’t the Prop 8 contribution, and Eich’s refusal to renounce it, that eventually did Eich in. He was being defended by company executives…Eich only announced he was stepping down after it was revealed late Wednesday that he’d given money to Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992, and later to Ron Paul’s campaign…
It all just became too much for Mozilla to bear…It’s about a company based in Northern California that has many progressive employees…
Get it? In Signorile’s world,
- left-wing progressives *are not* a Mafia that viciously hounds anybody who deviates from their orthodoxy of thought…
- because left-wing progressives *did not* destroy Eich over his crimethinkful deviation on Prop 8 (a deviation shared by a great many Obama supporters that year, 2008)…
- rather, left-wing progressives destroyed Eich over his crimethinkful deviations on Ron Paul, and on Pat Buchanan way back in 1992.
Which deviations naturally merit a campaign of personal destruction, making the destruction perfectly understandable within a proper concept of tolerance. (cough)
To be clear, I don’t like what Buchanan stood for in the 1992 campaign, either. But “that was then” and, rather more importantly, I get it that freedom is a 2-way street. “Freedom means freedom for everybody.”
And Signorile’s use of Ron Paul is fascinating. Signorile is saying, in effect, that consistent support for small government and individual liberty (what Paul stands for) is unforgiveable. Boy, I sure am impressed with the Left’s wonderful tolerance for freedom of thought, now.
Let me ask you guys something. After the 2012 elections, did any of your left-wing friends offer any words of comfort or reconciliation? None of mine did, and a lot of them were spiking the ball and dancing in the Endzone. It would have been nice if even one liberal friend had said, “Hey, this must have been a tough loss for you guys, and your guy actually had some good points.”
It at least would have been something, a small act of reconciliation and understanding.
I was thinking about this in the context of Mozilla’s purge of Brendan Eich for being on the “wrong side” of the Gay Marriage war. After the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln tried to reconcile a country whose citizens had been literally killing each other over opposite opinions on a profound moral issue. Even after the end of Apartheid in South Africa, there were attempts made at “Truth and Reconciliation.” But instead of being content in their victory, and trying to reconcile with their opponents, the Gay Marriage Left seem determined to carry on the war, in a kind of ideological bloodlust.
But there seems to be no room for reconciliation on the Modern Left. Perhaps, this is a consequence of them painting their enemies as sub-human. They have convinced themselves that their opponents are racists, bigots, homophobes, anti-woman, anti-science… and that they owe those who don’t agree with them nothing. No dignity. No compassion.
And it isn’t just on the fringe; or rather, the fringe is indistinguishable from the mainstream left. Gay leftists demand that those who don’t agree with them lose their jobs and livelihoods. Academics in institutions of higher learning demand that those who disagree with them be jailed for their difference of opinion. The President of the United States, instead of reaching out “with malice toward none,” hurls childish insults at people who disagree with him on matters fiscal.
It used to be a mark of a civilized man to be gracious in victory, and to behave with decency toward his defeated opponent. But those values are gone, perhaps because graciousness and courtesy are values now associated only with dead white slaveowners. Or, perhaps because the left is morally void, and its ideological bloodlust can never be satisfied no matter how many scalps they collect.
Interesting post over at the Volokh Conspiracy analyzing the dissent of the left-wing Supreme Court Justices in the recent McCutcheon campaign contribution case. This summation does not do it justice, so, by all means read the whole thing.
The takeaway is this: To the Conservative Right, Free Speech is a basic human right. To the Progressive Left, Free Speech is a civil right, that is only worthy of protection to the extent that it serves the interest of the State. The dissent in McCutcheon relies on the latter conception of speech to justify limiting people’s ability to participate in the political process.
Justice Breyer’s dissent today shows the way, as he revives the old Progressive conception of freedom of speech as serving instrumental purposes (which he calls “First Amendment interests”), rather than protecting individual rights or reining in potential government abuses.
We on the right see the world very differently from our opponents on the left. You may also note that all four “liberal” justices agreed that Free Speech is only a right to the extent that it advances the state’s interests.
Our freedoms are hanging by a very slender thread indeed.
BTW, Democrats have responded to the McCutcheon ruling with the usual deranged histrionics. However, none of them have put their newly found outrage into practice by renouncing donations from George Soros, Tom Steyer, or any of the other lefty billionaires financing Democrat campaigns.
Reading Matt Walsh’s review of Noah, which pretty much aligns with most of the other reviews I’ve read. The film is marketed to appeal to a religious audience, but is contemptuous of religion (the director is an atheist). Also, it’s poorly made, with ludicrous special effects, ridiculous ‘rock people,’ and a muddled plot that bears only a passing resemblance to the Biblical account. But what struck me were the comments, many of which were along the lines of this one:
Let me ask you a question Mr. Matt Walsh, what’s the point of making this movie if it’s the same as the original story? I mean seriously, do you know nothing about movies? They are made for entertainment, not to pass down stories(Documentaries aren’t movies, they’re documentaries). New things are good. Take a look at the Harry Potter movies. The fifth one, The Order of the Phoenix, was nothing like it’s original, yet it got a 7.4, a somewhat decent review. All in all, don’t judge a movie on whether or not it sticks to the original story, treat it as it’s own story.
This comment, and others in the same vein, made me realize; to a lot of people, there really is no difference between the Harry Potter books and the Holy Bible. There are no sacred texts; no eternal truths. There is just whatever entertains you at a specific moment in time. From that starting point, it’s easy to see the producers missing the point of the Biblical story of Noah: That God will preserve the righteous and faithful, even if the rest of the world perishes because of their evil. It’s a point that doesn’t make it across when Noah, instead of being portrayed as righteous and faithful, is portrayed as deranged and obsessed (which is pretty much the standard for religious folk in the Hollywood universe; except for the Noble Mohammedans.).
It took a woman to say it, but the presumption of bitter feminists (which therefore must be treated as the Cultural Norm) that masculine traits are a pathology, and not being in touch with our feelers is a crippling handicap is misguided and socially damaging.
Christina Hoff Summers, writing on Time.com (the online version of that current events pamphlet in your doctor’s waiting room), shatters the assumptions about manhood and masculinity that form the foundation of contemporary feminist thought. To summarize the main points briefly:
- Masculinity is not a mask, it’s how men are.
- Despite feminist desires to the contrary, it’s unnatural for men to act like women.
- Masculine behavior in boys is not a mental disorder; again, contrary to what feminism teaches.
- Men don’t need to express emotions to each other empathetically in order to be psychologically health.
The video below, linked by a commenter a few months back, illustrates the point quite well (and infuriates feminist YouTube commenters).